The Early Head Start program at Georgetown South in Manassas was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
According to a release, the Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) five-star designated Early Head Start facility in Manassas has been included in the department’s new Program Performance Standards.
NVFS operates Head Start programs in Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William, and Manassas, according to a release. In 2015, 2,449 clients were provided with NVFS’s early childhood services, including the Head Start program, stated a release.
The organization was recently a recipient of a $1.25 million expansion grant, to fund Head Start programs in Northern Virginia, stated a release.
“New standards include raising educational and professional development standards, and strengthening comprehensive services, as well as increasing the time children spend in Head Start to promote better outcomes,” stated a release.
The program is beneficial not only for the children, but the parents as well.
“Providing a full-day, full-year program has advantages for the parent to have a regular work schedule, know where their children are going to be, know that they’re going to be safe and know that they’re going to have learning opportunities,” stated NVFS’ Senior Vice President of Programs Malinda Langford in a release.